Helicoverpa armigera found on tomatoes in Austria
The NPPO of Austria recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of another incursion of Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) on its territory. The pest was found in a private garden in the district of Feldbach (Steiermark) on tomato plants (Lycopersicon esculentum). The Plant Protection service in Steiermark was notified of this finding, and an official inspection was carried out. No other plants were found infested. An appropriate chemical treatment was ordered by the Plant Protection Service. The source of this infestation is unknown. It can be recalled that another incursion of H. armigera was reported in 2003 on Phaseolus vulgaris in Niederösterreich (see EPPO RS 2004/012).
The status of H. armigera in Austria is declared as follows: Present, found only in a private garden in Steiermark, under eradication.
NPPO of Austria, 2004-10.